Ideally situated on the flanks of the Contraviesa hills close to the riverbank of the Guadalfeo in the Granada Alpujarra, guests can enjoy wonderful views of the high mountains in the nearby Sierra Nevada National Park. Nestling in the center of recently re-forested farmland comprising organically cultivated almonds, vines, figs, olives and various fruit trees - the Alquería is an oasis of water and shade in the summer months. In the nearby home farm there is excellent stabling, henhouses, a dovecote, and delightful kitchen gardens. Mariano Cruz, the manager, is deeply committed to the Alpujarra, it's people and their way of life. He hopes those who stay at the Alquería will leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of some of the traditions of life in the high mountain villages. All the buildings have been cleverly reconstructed in the old style and built on many different levels to create the asymmetry of a local village; and uniquely include a bodega (wine cellar), an ermita (old chapel) and a well stocked library. THE ACCOMMODATION is divided among 18 units (5 of which are self catering) and totals 40 places. All accommodation is centrally heated, has bathroom en suite, telephone and television, and mountain views. THE RESTAURANT caters for two dining rooms: one rustic, large and informal, with an open fireplace, friendly bar and sunny terrace with stunning views of the mountains; the second is smaller, more intimate and wonderfully decorated with antiques and old paintings. The cuisine is a celebration of all things local; olive oil, dried tomatoes, herbs, cheeses, pulses, vegetables, fruit and nuts. The menu often includes the thick stews, migas, charcuterie, and rice dishes for which the Alpujarra is well known. The daily menu is 10.85 euros and a la carte between 12 - 18 euros. There is a well stocked wine cellar. THE ACTIVITIES: In summer enjoy the swimming pool, and in winter chat beside the fire in the large dining room.